OUR FRONT YARD ORANGE AZALEA BUSH IS IN BLOOM NOW
With the temperature already over the 70F at 6 a.m. this morning & humidity building we knew it was going to be a hot one....& it was. I think we topped out today around 85 somewhere with lots of heavy humidity!!
<<< A YOUNG ROBIN COMES IN FOR A DIP IN OUR BIRD BATH
Didn't take me long to get outside & saddle up the Motorcycle. No long underwear, bulky sweaters, snowmobile gloves, fleece lined boots or jackets this morning. Nope, just get on er & go, short sleeves & all. Now, that's how I love to ride a motorcycle!!
HAD MYSELF A COFFEE ON THE BEACH IN GRAND BEND THIS MORNING
Our annual front yard Spring bird explosion is pretty much over for another season. Don't know where they all go but by June the ranks have thinned out. The Rose Breasted Grosbeaks have gone as well as the Nuthatches & some of the Gold Finches. For some reason we had very few Purple Finches this year. Maybe they are all too busy right now raising their families & don't have time to be flying back & forth in front of Al's cameras. The Baltimore Orioles still put in an occasional appearance as well as a male Cardinal. A few Blue Jays & Grackles left but very few Black Capped Chickadee's. The Mourning Doves are always here.
BLUE JAYS PICKING UP SOME FALLEN BIRD SEED
Headed myself on down to have a talk with Ron at FOUR SEASONS PERFORMANCE in Grand Bend regarding an ongoing shorting out problem with our Motorhome when we plug into shore power. When it comes to Motorhomes, Ron is our 'go to' guy because he knows Motorhomes inside & out. He showed me what he suspected the problem was & gave me a new 'dog bone adaptor' cord to try out. We do have a dampness problem here in the Pine forest & he is suspecting that is what it is. Ron's always a pleasure to talk with because he is one of those 'upbeat' guys & if your not feeling up when you get there, you will be feeling up when you leave.
RON KRAUTER FROM FOUR SEASON'S PERFORMANCE
Am totally enjoying my time whacking weeds with our new Black & Decker 18Volt battery powered weed whacker. Has a lot more power than my old 'Yardworks' trimmer. Them there weeds is sure taking a whacking here now!!
<<< MY NEW WHACKER OF WEEDS
Finally fired up the central A/C this afternoon & did it work? Nope!! But, after the usual foibles & fumbles we finally remembered to flick the A/C switch on in the fuse box & put the furnace cover back on the inside part of the unit. We soon had it cold enough in here for a game of ice hockey in the hallway.
KELLY BROUGHT THIS RED TUBULAR BEGONIA HOME A FEW DAYS AGO & HUNG IT ON OUR FRONT PORCH
Had an email this morning from blog reader Jim K near Portal Arizona with an update on the Chiricahua Mountain fire. Here's Jim's email....."Just in case you don't have this link already. It gives updates every few hours, also some good videos available in the sidebar. We had to evacuate from Portal the first night , could see the flames on the ridge line from behind the Portal store , since then lots of smoke and ash but NO casualties to people or structures. It appears from information we have received that the fire personnel have turned the corner on this one and feel confident it is under control and expect to downsize the number of people actually fighting the fire. Your beloved valley on the other side looks to be safe from harm. Our side of the mountains is safe also , if a bit scorched. The fire's reach was all the way from Rucker canyon to beyond Paradise . Talked to a fish and game fellow yesterday and he felt good about the wild game and bird life situation , but that remains to be seen until the migration returns. Read your blog this morning , keep up the good work and stay dry, Jim." FIRE MAP AREA.......... Thanks for the info Jim & from what I can tell by that fire map it looks like the fire did not destroy old Fort Rucker or the Mary Kidder Rak house & barn.
AUTHOR MARY KIDDER RAK'S HOUSE & BARN
A FEW HISTORIC BUILDINGS STILL STAND AT OLD FORT RUCKER.....WOULD HAVE BEEN A SHAME TO LOSE THESE IN THE FIRE
Looks like we have ourselves a couple new Followers this week. Jim Melvin from JIMBO'S JOURNEY looks like he has himself a nice solar setup on top of his what I think is a Lazy Daze coach. And 'Kenneth' wraps it up as our 284th Follower. Welcome to both you guys & we thank you for your interest.
CHIPPY, ONE OF OUR RESIDENT CHIPMUNKS LIKES HANGING OUT ON THE ROCKS AROUND OUR FROG POND
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Three sisters, ages 92, 94 and 96, live in a house together. One night the 96-year-old draws a bath. She
puts her foot in and pauses. She yells to the
other sisters, 'Was I getting in or out of the
The 94-year-old yells back, 'I don't know.
I'll come up and see.' She starts up the stairs and pauses 'Was I going up the stairs or
The 92-year-old is sitting at the kitchen
table having tea listening to her sisters; she shakes her head and says, 'I sure hope I never get that forgetful, knock on wood.' She then yells,'I'll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who's at the door.'
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